Ann Macela is a writer I ‘discovered’ by accident while browsing in a bookstore. Now I haunt her publisher’s site, looking for the date of her next release. “Your Magic or Mine?” is book three in her contemporary ‘Magic’ series. These stories are a delightful read with humor and passion and bits of light mystery set in a world where magic practitioners exist side-by-side with unknowing non-magical humans. At heart in each story is the concept of the ‘soulmate phenomenon’, a magical imperative that manifests when the perfect ‘other’ shows up in a practitioner’s life.
Gloriana is a professor and a practitioner whose talents lean towards plants and growing things. She tends to be a bit messy, comes from a loving family, and is beginning to feel a pang of loneliness for her soulmate. She’s also a firm believer in ‘whatever works for you’ as far as casting and spells go.
Marcus is a professor and a practitioner whose talents inhabit the sphere of theoretical magic and numbers. There’s a place for everything (not that he has lots of ‘things’) and everything in its place. He was raised at a succession of boarding schools and never really ‘fit in’ anywhere. He has NO intention of EVER taking a soulmate and is glad, glad, glad that he’s not weighted down with emotion and ‘things’. He’s come up with a new equation that he firmly believes will help ‘quantify’ magic and spell casting.
I’m sure you can see where this is going! What in the world do these two have in common? Well…it’s more than you think and more than they realize at first. After the publication of his new equation and her rebuttal to ‘quantifying’ magic, there’s such an overwhelming response from readers that the editor of the W2 paper (Witches and Warlocks) arranges a public debate. Before you can say ‘fiddle dee dee’ these two are ensnarled in a practitioner-wide argument, more public debates, and two groups of extremists whose rhetoric is becoming ever more violent. And if that wasn’t enough, the soulmate phenomenon is kicking in with a vengeance!
I really, really like Ann Macela’s writing. This series is on my keeper shelf and I’m looking forward to the next one, “Wild Magic”, coming in Oct09. While magic and the soulmate phenomenon are key players in this series, the stories are really about love and compromise. There’s not an overabundance of spell casting or good witch/bad witch or too much angst. Just well-written, well-paced, enjoyable romances with heroes and heroines you’d like to meet and spend time with. That’s plenty enough for me!